The 20 best restaurants in Amsterdam
What makes or breaks a great trip is the food you eat. ‘Loves goes through the stomach’, as the Dutch would say. We have gone around the city and tested the best restaurants for you. It was a tough job, but someone has to do it ;-).
From local cuisine, to breathtaking views, and our personal favorites, please find a thorough list with something for everyone. Smakelijk eten (Bon Appetit)!
1. Jun – Indonesian
The best Indonesian food in town can be found at Jun, just outside of the busy city center. Try the famous Rijsttafel in this tiny and affordable family restaurant. Opened from Wednesday to Sunday.
Frederik Hendrikstraat 98
1052 HZ Amsterdam
2. Cafe Restaurant Amsterdam
Breathtaking restaurant in an old pumping staging that supplied the city with water. The engineering theme makes you feel part of the former industrial activities of the building.
1051 PA Amsterdam
3. Restaurant Blauw
Blauw means ‘Blue’ in Dutch – a restaurants in which the interior is completely…RED! Apart from serving this practical joke, this Indonesian restaurant offers some of the best Rijsttafel (rice table) in the city.
1075 XN Amsterdam
4. REM Eiland
A little off the beaten track, but worth the travel. Many believe this is an old oil rig, but in reality it was an old pirate radio station, originally placed just outside of the 12 miles zone in international territory. The food and the views from REM Eiland are amazing! Picture at the top of this page, and for sure the Restaurant with the most unique location in this list of Best Restaurants in Amsterdam.
1013 AK Amsterdam
5. Cafe Restaurant Stork
Are you a fishlover? Then take the ferry and try Stork. This a fancy restaurant in Amsterdam Noord. Stork is inside a big industrial shed, used for building machines for ages.
Gedempt Hamerkanaal 201
1021 KP Amsterdam
6. Kantjil en de Tijger
Another great place for Indonesian food, right in the city center. Named after a famous Indonesian tale, the high quality food that’s served is complemented by the gorgeous 1930’s interior.
1012 VS Amsterdam
7. Black and Blue
A 2 minute walk from the Anne Frank house and right on a lovely quiet canal. This high class steaks and salads restaurant is known for its wood oven that fills the room with a rustic sense.
1015 DH Amsterdam
8. Fulu Mandarin
Right off Dam square, this is the place in Amsterdam where Chinese people eat Chinese (that’s when you know you’re at the right place). Don’t leave without ordering the spicy chicken or the lychee mojito.
1012 KS Amsterdam
If you see a line out the door, that’s when you’ve found the best Thai food in the city. It’s right on Zeedijk – the small Chinatown of Amsterdam full of tasty Asian restaurants.
1012 BA Amsterdam
10. De Plantage
This is where we take our mom for her birthday. The restaurant is gorgeous and the food is to die for. Make sure to get a seat at the window so you can look at the pelicans of the Artis zoo.
Plantage Kerklaan 36
1018 CZ Amsterdam
11. Dignita Vondelpark
Known for its high-quality food and tasty design, Dignita has made a name for itself for brunch. Both this location and the Hoftuin location are a true hidden gem in the city. Our top: order the zucchini fritter.
1075 EL Amsterdam
Without question the best pizza in the city. Every pizza that’s made in the restaurant comes out of the wood burning oven that prepares your taste buds for the deliciousness to come. Two locations in Amsterdam West and the Jordaan!
De Clercqstraat 93III
1053 AG Amsterdam
13. La Perla Pizza
Also top-5 best pizzas in the city. Located in the charming Jordaan area, they hit the spot every time. Whether you want to sit down with a glass of wine or just grab a good-quality pizza before exploring the city further, La Perla is the place to go.
Tweede Tuindwarsstraat 53
1015 RZ Amsterdam
Can’t decide what you want and looking to taste a bit of everything? Foodhallen brings the Spanish ‘indoor market’ concept to live. In this hip and happening place (an old tram station), you can choose from more than 30 different types of food.
1053 AT Amsterdam
15. Eden by Dennis
Just another hipster place in Amsterdam West. Make sure to go to Eden at a sunny day. The terrace next to the canal is amazing and you can jump on a boat directly.
1017 AE Amsterdam
Yes, there is such a thing as Dutch cuisine. The best ‘Stamppot’ in town is a mere 10 minutes away from the Westerkerk. The walls are lined with pictures of mothers, to which the restaurant carries its name.
1016 SX Amsterdam
Just outside of Amsterdam Central Station you can find Ramen Kingdom. It feels like you walk into hipster Japan, just search the huge Mario Bros statue in the window. The food is easy but amazing and so much better than the regular food at the train station.
Prins Hendrikkade 83H
1012 AE Amsterdam
18. De Silveren Spieghel
If you want to try the best Dutch food in a stylish and high class restaurant? Make a reservation in the Silveren Spieghel (old Dutch for ‘the silver mirror’). The food and the building, a 400 year old crooked canal house, are amazing but not for a low budget. Michelin Star!
1012 SZ Amsterdam
The real number one in TripAdvisor for lunch. This tiny restaurant in the heart of the charming Jordaan offers the best lunches you can think of. The owner and her staff are cute and will make sure you will have great food. But don’t be in a hurry, there can be a waiting line, and you can’t reserve online.
1015 KC Amsterdam
20. Vondelpark 3
Walked enough in the Vondelpark? Best place to have a timeout is the Vondelpark 3 Restaurant. A building from the 19th century designed in the best Italian Renaissance style. With nice weather, the view from the terrace on the busy park is amazing.
1071 AA Amsterdam
Best Restaurants in Amsterdam
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